May's Health Focus
Each calendar month is filled with National Health Observances. I thought I would spread the word on several ones that fall in the month of May. By bringing awareness to these observances we may benefit our health and the health of our loved ones.
National Physical Fitness and Health Month
The month of May is designated National Physical Fitness and Health Month to raise awareness to the benefits of exercise to our health and well being. Participation in regular exercise has been shown to decrease risk factors for chronic diseases and benefits our mental state as well. According to the CDC, aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week and two days of muscle strengthening activity.
National Stroke Awareness Month
Do you know the signs of a stroke and when to seek medical help? Symptoms of a stroke can be remembered by the word FACT: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911. You can reduce your risk of stroke by knowing the risk factors. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke. Also maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, eating healthy, and managing stress all play a role in reducing our risks.
National Healthy Vision Month
The National Eye Institute has designated the month of May to be National Healthy Vision Month. Regular physical activity and healthy eating (notice a theme?) play a role in maintaining good eyesight.
National Women's Health Week
May 8-14 is designated National Women's Health Week. It is encouraging women and girls to make their health a priority. Check out this link for a wonderful resource for important preventive measures.
I wish you a good month of May. If you are overwhelmed by your healthcare concerns or do not know where to start, please reach out to me. As a healthcare advocate, I can give you the advice you need to manage your health.